Forget Tomorrow is a fast paced dystopian novel, that takes us on a wild ride concerning questions of fate, free will, and the ultimate question of whether we can control our future.
Callie has been looking forward to her seventeenth birthday forever. It is the day when you are sent a memory from your future, which tells you where your life will go, what you will do, and who you might fall in love with. You are instructed to pick a memory, which will give you the most clues to where your future lies, and send it to your past. Except her memory is something she never dreamed of:she kills her younger sister. She is whisked away to Limbo, a prison for people who have not committed their crime yet, but are presumed to in their future. But unexpectedly, she is rescued by her childhood crush Logan, and transported into a world of rebellion and questions: who is she, that she would kill her sister? what is the world she is living in, and how can she change her future?
So it may be clear if you know me well, that from the premise I would be bound to be drawn to this book. I am such a fan of dystopias, and this one sounded even better – memory and questions about the future and fate? A no brainer. I was not disappointed and this premise remained strong throughout the whole book, making us question what we knew about the world.
Dunn gives us great characters, who are moving, in a fabulous way. Callie cannot possibly understand how she could have a future where she kills her sister, but there she has it, the elephant looming in the corner. Because of this, her whole world is threatened, along with her sense of self, so in the book she tries to figure out who she is. Who is she without a secure future? The whole society is so busy thinking about the future, they never enjoy the present, or imagine what their future could be like – only waiting for the vision. Dunn creates compelling characters with tragic, but also powerful backstories, including Logan, her childhood crush.
The plot is what really impressed me. I read Girl on the Verge, Dunn’s most recent thriller, and that had an elaborate plot, but this one just excited me even more. Maybe it was the dystopian setting, but there was intrigue and suspense and political movements. It was like a complex machine being put together in front of your eyes and even in the end, it’s still not completely done. I am so excited for the sequel, because it seems even better! There are open questions we have about the world and what will happen – and the perspective changes as well!
From a perspective theme, this book is gold. Not only do we talk about the concept of our fate, but we have a society obsessed with futures – remind you of any you might know? Everything is about setting ourselves up for our future vision, so that we can work everything to achieve that vision. We never dwell in the moment, or take advantage of ‘youth’, because that affects our future, or could lead us into disappointment. Additionally, the themes of fate and whether we can change ours is amazing. We are drawn to parallels in our own lives, and this entire book made me rather thoughtful. It made me wonder what my future would be like, how I would react, and whether I would try to change my fate.
Bottom line: if you are intrigued by a future society, where we are all obsessed with our futures, combined with a dystopian plot, riddled with questions, this is for you. It seemed to have all of my old favorite parts of dystopias return to me. It also does not cease to ask us important questions about our own life, our future, our fate, and our ability to live in the present.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
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